This memoir is about Terri and her struggle in coping with a genetic condition that for eight years remained unidentified. Confronted with the stark realization of her physical deterioration, Terri wrestles with her desire to be normal and who she actually is. The search for answers is ongoing and the family remains helpless in witnessing her regression. Terri reluctantly accepts the wheelchair and enters into another era of disablement accompanied by her resolve and subsequent pursuit of “normalcy”. Rising above, she embraces goals, dares to dream, pursues rather than fears, and with the assistance of her beloved canine companion never loses her spirit and will. Intertwined with this memoir is the emotional challenge within the family as they too struggle with Terri’s descent. The relentless deterioration leaves in its wake residuals. No one is left unscathed. Terri takes all who knew her on an unforgettable ride as her courage and determination stands tall in the face of adversity, ignorance, and physical pain. Hers is a journey of self-discovery.